Dog Owners - Sad, but I need to know

  1. I took my rottie in for his usual shots and nail clipping. He's 13 years old. Except for the arthritis in his hips that flares up during cold and rainy weather, he's doing fine. Sight is good, bowel & bladder habits great, dentition excellent, coat still shiny and healthy. The only way you can tell he's an old man is his chin and undercoat is totally gray and he has an antalgic gait when he first gets up.

    I asked the vet how long Rotts usually live. His comment was "well usually only 8 years, I'm a little surprised your guy is still around". Gee, that was a super therapeutic remark. He went on to say that the bigger the dog, the shorter the lifespan, which I kinda knew that already. It just seems like the years have gone by so fast and that Apollo is supposed to be around until Emma goes to high school. The vet did say with Apollo's current state of health he wouldn't be surprised if he lasted until 16, which is not the norm.

    My question, fellow dog appreciators, is what is the longest your loved one's have lived?

    I'm not going to have a funeral or have him buried in the back yard, I do want him cremated and to keep the ashes.



    Edited to say, this isn't his pic, just wanted to share one of another handsome Rott.
    Last edit by LasVegasRN on Nov 12, '02
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  3. by   Youda
    My beloved friend, a german shepherd mix, has also outlived the statistics. She's now 16 human years old. The only known problem so far is that last lab showed her albumin borderline low, so she now gets eggs and more protein in her diet. Oh yes! She does have some hearing problems. Half age related, and half selective hearing!
  4. by   Q.
    Hey Vegas,
    What a cutie Apollo is.
    Ok edited to say: what a cute Rott. But I'm sure Apollo's cute too.

    Aside from Fattie, the other dog in our family is a Bichon named Sparky. Sparky is deaf and blind and is 13 years old. He has bad allergies and just recently broke his front paw. Other than that, he is healthy. The vet hasn't mentioned anything about his lifespan really.

    We've had numerous animals that have outlived their expected life time. A hamster named Houdini, who lived 6 years. A beloved Holland lop, named Button, who lived 8 years. A black cat named Gus, who lived to be 21 and still acted like a kitten. He only died because we put him to sleep for constantly breaking bones.

    I guess my point is, pets often live far beyond their years when they are immensely loved, which Apollo is. I have no doubt he will see Emma in high school.
  5. by   Youda
    I agree, Susy. Loving an animal (like people) makes them live longer and healthier lives.

    A person I "date" from time to time is a DVM. The highest cause of mortality of cats and dogs, he said, is a disease he calls HBC. (Hit By Car). If you can keep your loved ones out of the street, and love them, they'll live long beyond the statistics.
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    well, i firmly belive that the length of (natural) life of a domestic animal is directly related to both the care/treatment they are given in their home, and the amount of love and cuddles they get...when i was young, i had a guinea pig, she faaaaar outlived the normal life expectancy, including being a breast cancer survivor....
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by Susy K

    I have no doubt he will see Emma in high school.
    no doubt will be scaring away unsuitable suitors for emma!!!!!
  8. by   shygirl
    We had a long haired German Shepherd when I was younger.He weighed 145 lbs. He was so cool and huge. He lived to be almost 11. I still can cry when I think of his last days and how he looked at me with his warm chesnut brown eyes. I miss him. No dog has compared to him in anyway!
    Shygirl
  9. by   Q.
    Oh and Sam, our kitty now, is 13.
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    It tickles me that when my Dad and Mom are here visiting, all of a sudden Apollo is sitting near my Dad at the kitchen table. Any other time he is off somewhere napping or something (because I've never fed him table scraps) but when Dad is here, meaty things mysteriously end up in Apollo's mouth. Which is interestingly directly proportional to where Dad is sitting. Hmmm.
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    well, i firmly belive that the length of (natural) life of a domestic animal is directly related to both the care/treatment they are given in their home, and the amount of love and cuddles they get...
    Exactly right! :angel2:
  12. by   J-RN student
    Ditto Sunny!
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    I did decide to get a Dobie next time. Just still split between getting a male or a female. I've always had males, thought I'd see how we'd like a female. But, that might be too much estrogen in one house. :chuckle
  14. by   NurseDennie
    ((((Vegas))))

    I've had a kitty who lived over 20 years, as well. My Good Dog Carl was about 11-12 when he died and that's a bit above average for rotties, too.

    The thing is, average is just that - average.

    I think your plans for Apollo, when his time comes, in a Long, LONG time are good. We didn't even think about trying to bury Carl in our yard - not even possible.

    I'm still cruising the rottie rescue pages on the net. I got really interested in one character, but I talked myself out of it. I can't afford the adoption fees right now, and I'd really like to train a rottie for a therapy dog. They're about the best therapy dogs available, because (as I'm sure you know) there is no way you can over-pet a rottie.

    I've got a picture of a lovely rotty boy on my desk right now. Standing in a field of long grass, looking over his left shoulder.

    I was talking with a guy who is living with two rotties right now - he'd inherited them from his daughter and s-i-l at a relatively advanced age. He'd had experience with other dogs before, but never had big dogs. Anyway, he said he'd come to the conclusion that there are just two kinds of dogs in the world. Rottweilers and NOTweilers.

    *sigh* Okay, enough thinking about rottweilers for a while.

    It sounds like he's in super health and it doesn't sound like there's any reason why he won't stick around for a long time.

    Love

    Dennie

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